Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Review
I saw "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and have to say that the final result seems like there has not been a 22-year gap between the third film in the series and this one.
Many people thought Harrison Ford really old, because of his age (65), but I think he looks great. Ford always looked a bit haggard, even in "Star Wars" because of his big bent nose and various scars. He looks better at 65 than many of the "Star Trek" actors looked at 65 reprising their roles.
Even Karen Allen, reprising her Marion role not seen since the first film still looks hot!
Without giving too much away, this is obviously a revitalization of the series in order to make Shia LaBeouf ("Holes", "Disturbia", "Transformers") the "new" Indiana Jones.
The final assessment is that this film ranks as an equal to the third film in the series "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989) and much, MUCH better than the second film in the series "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984).
It is not as good as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), but that film is so classic, it would be so hard to duplicate its success.
Overall, the film is not an embarrassment and is a good addition to the franchise.